Originally published in 1979. This is at once a look at the realities of homosexuality in history and an examination of the myths that have grown up around it. The record of practices and prejudices moves from biblical and classical through early and medieval Christian, Renaissance, and Victorian times, to our own era of dramatic changes. It looks at prominent figures who were homosexuals, the theories that have flourished and faded, the differing attitudes toward male and female homosexuality, persecution, and contemporary changes. This classic work is a fascinating historical perspective of all the factors that have shaped and changed our attitudes from ancient times to the present.
1. Past Definitions and Explanations 2. Religion and Homosexuality 3. The Law and Homosexuality 4. Repressed Evidence 5. The Movement 6. Out of the Closet 7. Homosexuals as Victims: Scapegoating and Politics 8. Schools and Homosexuals 9. Lesbianism 10. Cross-Dressing: Transvestism, Transsexualism, and Homosexuality 11. Who Were the Homosexuals? 12. Homosexuality Today
Reissuing seven works originally published between 1977 and 1992, this collection offers a varied selection of surveys of historical practices and attitudes to sexuality, from complete reviews of changing attitudes through time, to individual studies of France in the 19th and 20th Centuries and England in the 17th. This set will be of interest in sociology, gender studies, cultural studies and history.